'Wish you die': Disgusting fallout in Novak Djokovic virus saga

Novak and his wife Jelena Djokovic look on at the Adria Tour event. Pic: Getty

It's fair to say Novak Djokovic is not Mr Popularity in the wake of his ill-fated Adria Tour that's led to a series of players and a coach testing positive for COVID-19.

Djokovic was forced to apologise after the tournament he organised was forced to be cancelled due to safety concerns around the virus.

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Staged in his native Serbia, as well as neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the event was called off after Grigor Dimitrov confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.

Since then, Viktor Troicki, Borna Coric, Djokovic and his wife Jelena and coach Goran Ivanisevic have also revealed positive COVID-19 tests.

Now, it has emerged that Djokovic has been targeted in a disgusting attack in the Croatian capital, Split.

Vandals have hit out in anger at Djokovic, spraying sickening messages on walls around the city, threatening the life of the World No.1.

According to RT.com the translation reads: “Djokovic, die. Our wish is that you die. Greetings from Split. Die."

A deeply remorseful Djokovic last week apologised over the unfortunate outcome of the event.

The Serbian star was widely condemned after footage emerged of he and his fellow stars partying together and failing to adhere to any semblance of social distancing practices.

He wrote: "I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm.

"Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.

"We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons.

"We were wrong and it was too soon. I can't express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection."

Legend, father jump to Djokovic’s defence

Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker admitted that the partying was a bit over the top but says the criticism that Djokovic has copped is unwarranted.

“I want to defend Novak a little,” Becker told The Telegraph.

“I think the criticism he gets is unfair, and that the reason everybody showed up was the right one.

“Yes, the partying and the basketball perhaps weren’t necessary. But I used to be 30 years old, and when I see my friends I like to enjoy myself.”

Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov were seen playing basketball together during the Adria Tour. Pic: Getty

Djokovic’s outspoken father blamed the cancellation of the tour on Dimitrov, one of the three other players to test positive in the last few days.

There is no evidence to suggest Dimitrov spread the virus to others.

“Why did it happen? Because that man probably came sick, who knows from where,” Srdjan Djokovic told RTL Croatia TV.

“He didn’t test here, he tested somewhere else ... I think that’s not fair.

“He inflicted damage to both Croatia and to us as a family in Serbia. Nobody is feeling well because of this situation.”